By Nick Ware

28th Aug, 2021 | 5:10pm

West Ham want to sign Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon

West Ham have shown an interest in signing Dalian Professional centre-forward Salomon Rondon, according to the Daily Mail.

Rondon, 31, has been at the Chinese Super League club since 2019 but he spent time on loan at Russian side CSKA Moscow earlier this year.

Wolves and Leicester City are also credited with an interest in the Venezuela international, while Everton are monitoring developments as Rafa Benitez maintains a good relationship with his former forward.

Premier League-proven

Rondon has scored 35 Premier League goals in his career, spending three seasons at West Brom before moving to Newcastle United in 2018.

He scored at least seven in each of those seasons, showing a level of consistency.

The South American striker has shown his deadly eye in front of goal in China, netting at a rate of a goal every two games, while his loan spell in Russia saw him named CSKA Player of the Month for March.

However, he turns 32 in September and the concern will be whether he can replicate his success back in the Premier League after a few years away.

David Moyes is clearly looking to sign a striker before the transfer window slams shut on Tuesday night with only Michail Antonio remaining at the club as an orthodox forward.

Rondon is someone that probably fits the profile he wants in terms of a physical centre-forward, though his mobility and speed levels are a big downturn on Antonio’s.

Whoever comes into West Ham this summer will know they are likely to act as a backup to Antonio and only start the odd games, or if the 31-year-old gets injured.

Given his age, that may appeal to Rondon which is why a deal is feasible.

However, there looks to be stiff competition for his signature, and Everton may be favourites given Rondon’s close ties to Benitez.

In other West Ham news, Wayne Rooney wants to sign this player as he plots Irons exit.

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